Heisey is up to three home runs after smacking one in his spring debut last week. He should be back in his backup role this season after hitting .237/.279/.415 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 224 at-bats last season.
Playing in his second straight game after missing the beginning of exhibition season with a strained hamstring,
Bourgeois started at designated hitter for the second straight game as the team looks to get him at-bats in game situations, but his ability to steal a base Friday speaks well about the status of his hamstring. He's fighting for a bench spot with the Reds, one that could potentially turn into something more if speedster Billy Hamilton struggles.
Roark was filling in for Doug Fister after the latter was sidelined with elbow inflammation, and he put together a solid performance as he continues to battle for a spot at the end of the rotation. He's surrendered one run in 4 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking none this spring.
Puig's absence was excused and was likely unconnected to the shoulder soreness that has bothered him this spring. He is 3 for 17 with two doubles and three RBI in seven games.
Ledezma made 26 appearances with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Pacific League last season, going 3-3 with a 3.23 ERA and 22:13 K:BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings. He owns a 5.40 ERA in 396 1/3 career major-league innings.
Cuddyer, who said earlier Friday he was hoping to play Saturday, has been dealing with a shoulder injury the past few days after being hit by a pitch Wednesday.
Morneau has been out since the spring opener due to neck stiffness. The team will proceed cautiously with the offseason acquisition.
Ross hadn't played since Sunday due to a foot injury. He's been slow out of the gate this spring, going 0 for 6 with four strikeouts in three games.
"In some ways, from the get-go, it's been a process with him," manager Ryne Sandberg told MLB.com Friday. "Not just to see him, but to help him along and build him up and help him get ready for a baseball season. It's still an unknown and he's still in the process of getting rust off and trying to improve quality and have some outings. But he threw too many pitches in an inning there to allow him to go back out."
Gonzalez is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, but his ERA sits at 16.88 through his first two outings. He's walked six batters in 2 2/3 innings while striking out two.
Jackson's second start didn't go any better than his spring debut Sunday, when he gave up another home run and was saddled with the loss. He's 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA through five innings.